Cornwall Cogitation (North America) #13 Saturday 23 December 2017 Big chaos skitters about the world, that’s certain, but there’s a bigger cosmos that was, that is, that will be.
Featured image: The Advent banner at Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Indiana, shows the promise of Love breaking into our world of chaos. The darkness of the world is expressed in the use of black. Purple represents this time of reflectiveness, a time to prepare for Immanuel. The hope of ‘God’s promise is reflected in the blue moving throughout the piece. The yellow conveys the presence of God’s light breaking into our darkness. God comes to us and dwells with us! We wait for that promise, The quilt was designed by Prairie Street member Janice Wiebe Ollenburger and first hung for Advent 1988.
Advent scripture for our Christmas Eve service is Isaiah 9:2-7.
Children’s time last Sunday
Giving chaos the boot
Cosmos represents an orderly harmonious systematic universe, Webster’s Dictionary tells me. So why are we surrounded by a state of utter confusion or just mass confusion on so many fronts in our world? We live in a cosmos, God’s creation, so why degenerate what is good, true, worthy, pleasing, godly, orderly, harmonious, and systematic into chaos and more raw chaos?
Old Testament prophet Isaiah shows me the positive side. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness–on them has light shined” 9:2). In 9:6 -7 these astonishing words, “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. . . . and there shall be endless peace. . . . The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
Isaiah speaks for me, helpfully expounded by congregational member Ben Ollenburger in a sermon Sunday, “The Spirit-anointed Messiah.” Go to http://www.prairiestreetmc.org to listen to a podcast of the worship service.
So does Andy Williams speak for me, just now singing Joy to the world (Andy Williams Christmas Album, 1993). “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.”
So does Percy Bysshe Shelly speak for me: “The great morning of the world when first God dawned on Chaos.”
So, let’s hear it for the Cosmos, for all that God would make right in the world. In second hour this Sunday we’ll do a sing-along of Handel’s Messiah.
I celebrate and seek better for all God’s creation
More from area walks
If you were one of Queen Elizabeth’s staff of 1,500, this year you’d have been favoured with the gift of a Christmas pudding. Cost to the royal purse was $16,500. Advertising benefit to Tesco, from whence came the dessert confection, priceless.
The Christmas pudding story makes me recall some such goodness from my growing up years. My mother made wonderful Christmas cakes, cookies, Yule logs, potato-peanut butter candy, and, of course, a meal with many trimmings.
And, of course, we got presents under the tree, too. These gifts are long past, the memories ever-present.
Fruitcakes in a number of varieties were a Christmas staple in my extended family. Maybe someday I’ll try this one from the recipe book my mother wrote out for us siblings. People who shun such cakes may never have tasted the real thing. To all their just desserts.
This Ford, “parked” at Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards, Goshen, still delivers Christmas sentiments.
Advent and Christmastide (and sacred times celebrated in other faiths) makes me mindful of a world we want to make better for all children. Peace be with you, with all who are dear to you, and with the whole world,